2011 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay

SKU #1106894

Once in a great while, you find wine from the Mâcon so good that when tasted blind you are forced to apply some much higher (and more expensive) appellation to it. This is such a wine. Domaine Renaud is a small domaine that produces Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, along with stainless for others. Compared to the Solutré, the Charnay is richer and more generous on the palate, with good power and weight. It is supple and charming, with some floral notes on the nose and a terrific finish. This is pure, unoaked Chardonnay. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12)

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2012  | Send Email
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Starts out with rich stone fruits and ends with a lovely finish of striking acidity. An excellent value!
Top Value!

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/29/2012  | Send Email
Always a K&L favorite, and nothing has changed with this vintage. This is a small domaine, with only 12 hectares, with vines growing in the Macon, Pouilly-Fuisse, and St. Veran. The wines from Mâcon Charnay typically have a soft floral nuance; I think it is the higher concentration of granite in the soils. This wine perfectly expresses this terroir! Behind ripe orchard fruit on the nose is the tell tale floral character. The palate is moderately round, lighter than in previous vintages, with delicious ripe orchard fruits with just a hint of cream. It possesses plenty of charm, capable of winning over die hard burgundy fans as well as adventurous California Chardonnay drinkers.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Alcohol Content (%): 13